U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe's likely Democratic opponent, State Senator Andrew Rice (D), praised the Council of American Islamic Relations, at their first fund raising dinner for their new Oklahoma Chapter on the 12th of November in Tulsa. What troubles me is that I didn't read about this in any local newspapers but found this information on Dubai-based Islamonline (update: the article has been removed but I coped and pasted it below) whose purpose is to unify the world-wide community of Islam, I guess!
The Council of American Islamic Relations has a long and troubling history that continues to this day. This is an organization that grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas infrastructure in the United States which has been well-established by the FBI. Their efforts (updated linked) to help Sami al-Arian, a convicted terror supporter and co-founder of the parent organization of CAIR, the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), is well known. Al-Arian founded IAP along with Mousa Marzook, the current Deputy Political Director of Hamas.
What makes this more troubling is that Rice's brother, David Rice, was killed in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11. I sincerely question why Rice was in the company of CAIR, praising their work.
Did Rice not do his homework or if he did, what does that tell you?
In September, I found another press release on Islamonline regarding a presentation CAIR-OK said they delivered to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association about Islam with offers to provide Islamic materials to the Oklahoma Public Schools throughout the state. The OSSBA denies that CAIR did this presentation.
An email sent to CAIR-OK about this went unanswered.
Why the interest in Oklahoma over in the Middle East? It seems to me, that Islamonline keeps the Middle East informed about the Islamic movement in Oklahoma.
CAIR tried unsuccessfully to get their name removed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial. Furthermore, CAIR never denied their relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas that I am aware. Two of the top officials at CAIR were secretly recorded by the FBI as their planned or attended a meeting with Hamas operatives in America. These officials, Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad are still at CAIR in top positions.
Omar Ahmad denied in congressional testimony CAIR received any money from Holy Land Foundation but this cancelled check shows otherwise:
Government surveillance tapes transcripts show that CAIR's founders were fully aware of the support HLF leaders voiced for Hamas well before accepting this money.
The Islamic Society of Tulsa was instrumental in CAIR's fund raising banquet. So what does that tell us? Sheryl Siddiqui, active for years in the Tulsa community is pictured below at the dinner along with State Senator Rice and others. She also serves on the board at CAIR-OK.
Far left: Razi Hashmi, CAIR-OK, Ahmed Rehab far right standing, Yaser Tabbara 2nd from right standing, Andrew Rice: 3rd from right standing. Sheryl Siddiqui sitting on far right.
Source: Islamic Society of Tulsa's December newsletter.
One of the attendees, Yaser Tabbara of CAIR, was involved with the firing of a DePaul professor, Thomas Klocek, for speaking up about his pro-Israel stand to a group of Muslims in 2004. Just google Yaser Tabbara and Thomas Klocek for the details of the letter Tabbara wrote to DePaul.
A couple days ago, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, who also attended the Tulsa dinner, issued a press release of dismay about the sentence of Dr. Abdelhaleem Ashqar who refused to testify in a terror funding case. It is no small matter that Ashqar is refusing to testify. Ashqar is possibly enabling the terrorist activities of Hamas to continue. Prosecutors argued Ashqar's refusal to testify was motivated by a desire to "promote terrorism."
Somehow CAIR doesn't see this as a problem.
The history of CAIR is well documented and it's being embraced by the Islamic Society of Tulsa and fits a pattern of their involvement with Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Update 9/3/08: If you get a chance read a more recent post I did about Rice here.
The article referenced above was found on Dubai-based Islamonline which I copied and pasted:
(TULSA, OK, 11/12/07) – More than 140 people turned out on Saturday for the first annual fund-raising banquet of CAIR’s Oklahoma chapter (CAIR-OK) in Tulsa.
Guest speakers included CAIR National Chapter Development Director Yaser Tabbara, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab and Oklahoma State Senator Andrew Rice.
Senator Andrew Rice told banquet attendees: “What could be more American than defending the constitution? That’s what they’re doing. CAIR is defending the constitutional rights of fellow Americans.”
CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi said: “We need to create and cultivate positive communal characteristics of Muslims in America, so that people will know us as contributors to the betterment of American society.”
CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR-OK Chairperson Lobna Hewedi, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-OK Board Member Saad Mohammed, 405-210-4775, E-Mail: email@example.com
9/10/07 CAIR-Ok Razi Hashmi blog referenced Andrew Rice
Note: zTruth recognizes there a many fine Muslims in America who simply want to practice their religion who also reject Islamism, or the pursuit of Islamic rule. This would include the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and their affiliates in the U.S..
When a Muslim or Islamic organization professes their strong community service and interfaith goals in cities and towns all across America, but then has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood - it's disturbing and two-faced.
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